Monday 21 August 2017

Brian Cody drops former All Star in shake up at Kilkenny

Kilkenny's Michael Rice
Kilkenny's Michael Rice
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody has begun the process of overhauling his squad in the wake of last week's Allianz League semi-final defeat to Clare.

It is understood that former All-Star midfielder Michael Rice and defender Brian Kennedy have been released ahead of the Cats' championship defence.

Kilkenny were due back training in Nowlan Park last night after a weekend of club activity that saw Eoin Larkin, Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly all back in action after missing the Clare game.

Larkin has been on a tour of duty with the Irish Armed Forces in Syria since last year.

Rice was part of the squad in Thurles but hasn't featured in the League while Kennedy replaced the injured Jackie Tyrrell.

The 32-year-old Rice has been beset with injury in recent years, having his fingers badly damaged in an All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary while he also tore his cruciate ligament almost two years ago on a Kilkenny training camp.

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (Photo: Sportsfile)
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (Photo: Sportsfile)

It is unclear what the future now holds for the Carrickshock midfielder.

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